- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 4, 2011

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray says he will speak with the three D.C. appointees to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority about their votes to build a Metrorail stop under Washington Dulles International Airport instead of an above-ground option $300 million cheaper.

Mr. Gray said Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and Rep. Frank R. Wolf asked him if he would approach the D.C. board members and see if they would reconsider their votes last month in favor of the more expensive option.

Mr. Gray, however, said there was a “very strong case” for why the station should be underground in lieu of a plan that puts it on the surface and 600 feet farther away.

Few travelers used a stop by Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport until the terminal moved closer to the station, the mayor noted, lending support for the long-range value of the no-hassle stop at Dulles.

The proposed station is part of the second half of the 23-mile long Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project, which will extend Metro service through Dulles to eastern Loudoun County. The Phase II project had an original price tag of $2.5 billion but has since increased to $3.5 billion.